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Excellent teachers

The Faculty of Social Sciences has nine designated excellent teachers. Here they contribute to the development of teaching as experts, as members of various educational councils, experts in development projects or generally as pedagogical support for colleagues.

The University of Gothenburg has introduced the title of excellent teacher as a way of recognizing teachers' specific pedagogical skills. At the Faculty of Social Sciences, excellent teachers contribute to both high-quality teaching and pedagogical development in our programs. Excellent teachers assume roles as pedagogical developers and collegial support, or as members of educational councils, as teachers in higher education pedagogical courses, as experts in development projects, and as pedagogical experts in evaluations of educational quality and merit and recruitment matters.

The excellent teachers at the Faculty of Social Sciences meet a few times a year to exchange experiences and discuss development projects across departments. They are also part of the university-wide network of excellent teachers organized by the Unit for Educational Development and Interactive Learning.

Therése Skoog

Appointed in 2014

I am a professor of psychology and was appointed an excellent teacher at Örebro University. I have been a teacher and supervisor at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level at several different universities in Sweden and Norway since 2002. I have been an expert at the National Agency for Quality in Education (Norwegian equivalent of UKÄ). As an excellent teacher, I have had several different assignments at Gothenburg and Örebro University.

In 2021-2023, I led the project Sustainable and Accessible Learning Environments (HTL) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. HTL has been about the role of learning environments in promoting both learning and well-being among students from different backgrounds.

As of January 2024, I am Vice Dean with responsibility for undergraduate and graduate education at the Faculty. One of my main interests and areas of expertise is a scientific approach to education, which means that not only the content of education is based on science and proven experience, but also the form and implementation are characterized by a scientific approach.

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Peter Johansson

Appointed in 2016

I am a lecturer at the School of Global Studies and teach mainly in human rights. Most of my teaching is done within the framework of the Master's Program in Human Rights and the Master's Program in Human Rights Policy and Practice. Furthermore, I teach in the main areas of Global Health, Social Work and Human Ecology.

I supervise two PhD students as well as undergraduate and graduate students. The overall research interest for me is primarily on political aspects of human rights, i.e. how different actors perceive and use the ethical and legal norms and rules of the human rights system. Another research interest is rights-based politics and the implementation of human rights in practice. 

I serve as Chair of the area council for Human Rights, and I am a member of the department's Education Council (UR).

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Sylva Frisk

Appointed in 2020

I am a senior lecturer in social anthropology at the School of Global Studies. Between 2007-2023, I have held several management positions in education, such as Director of Studies, Head of Department, Assistant Dean for Education at the Faculty of Social Sciences, and member and chair of the Quality Committee of the Education Board. I have also led the university's efforts to develop a pedagogical conceptual program.

As an excellent teacher, I am mainly interested in issues related to leadership for educational issues in academia, quality systems, and students' health in relation to the learning environment. Within the framework of the university's stimulus funds for excellent teachers, I have carried out a project on the importance of collegial networks for the role of education manager at the department level. Results from interviews with education managers were presented at SUHF's conference NU2022. The project also involved the implementation of collegial supervision for education managers at GU in 2022. A publication on the role of education manager is available at Sage Journals. I have also participated in the faculty-wide project Sustainable and accessible learning environments (HTL).  

I have had assignments as a pedagogical expert in the merit of excellent teachers at other faculties, as an assessor in the evaluation of educational quality and in the jury for educational award winners at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Christel Backman

Appointed in 2020

I am a reader of sociology, I mainly teach criminology and research surveillance. Active learning, blended learning, hybrid teaching, course design, and course development are my areas of expertise. 

I am currently working on a project called Learning Lab Gothenburg. This is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and Akademiska hus during 2023-2025 where tomorrow's learning environments are explored. My task is partly to be a pedagogical support for the teachers who want to try teaching in the Learning Lab and partly to evaluate the Learning Lab and the learning activities that take place there.  

I have a special interest in the importance of the room for learning, and I have worked a lot with Active Learning Classrooms (ALC). Together with three colleagues from the University of Gothenburg, I was the editor of Use the Room, a book on higher education pedagogical methods for active learning classrooms. Another interest I have, together with my colleague Sara Uhnoo, is to develop new ways of working with educational leadership and educational development at the local level.

I dedicated my development project to introducing the hybrid halls that the Faculty of Social Sciences built during and after the pandemic. Together with colleagues from the faculty, I conducted seminars introducing hybrid teaching and a workshop series for teachers who wanted to develop teaching in the hybrid environment.

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Johan Karlsson Schaffer

Appointed in 2022

I am a senior lecturer, vice Head of Department, and Director of Studies for postgraduate education at the School of Global Studies. I am responsible for the postgraduate course Applied Theory Development. In addition, I teach various courses in the doctoral program. I also supervise and examine theses at the bachelor and master level. Since 2020, I have been editor of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights.  

My research focuses on the politics of human rights, legal mobilization, and court policy, with a particular focus on the Nordic countries. I am also interested in research at the intersection of political theory and international relations, in particular human rights and democracy theory. Among other things, I have researched the philosophy of human rights, cosmopolitanism and transnational democracy, epistemic and deliberative democratic theory, and the authority and legitimacy of international institutions.



Arne Wackenhut

Appointed in 2023

I am a senior lecturer in Global Studies at the School of Global Studies.  My research focuses on diaspora groups and their relations with their respective home and host countries. Currently, I am a Director of Studies with responsibility for education. I lead quality development and quality assurance processes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

I am passionate about issues related to student-centered and problem-based learning, such as ways to make productive use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in our education programs. Given that AI is likely to be relevant for our students when they enter the workforce after their studies, I believe the university should consider the ability to use these tools safely and effectively as a new and important key skill.



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Erik Andersson

Appointed in 2023

I am a reader of peace and development studies, teaching and researching global political economy at the School of Global Studies. This has been my main activity since the late 1990s. Between 2007 and 2022, I was the Program Director of the Bachelor's Program in Global Studies. Currently, I teach the courses Advanced Studies in Global Political Economy (in International Relations), Economics, Power and Culture, and Responses to Global Challenges (both in Global Studies). In addition, I give the online version of Supervision in Postgraduate Programmes (the English-language supervisor training at the University's Pedagogical Development and Interactive Learning unit – PIL).  

Together with colleagues at PIL, I am researching co-supervision. A previous PIL project concerned how the same curriculum has different pedagogical solutions in its campus and online realization. A recurring question for me regarding university pedagogy is what is new in the latest pedagogical theories and trends. Together with Arne Wackenhut I wrote a text about ALC halls as a new infrastructure for a pedagogy that many already apply. For me, the purpose of educational research and development is to make teaching and student learning even more fun and rewarding.

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Sara Uhnoo

Appointed in 2023

I am a reader in sociology and teach criminology, qualitative methods, and higher education pedagogy. My research concerns social control, criminology, feminism, and youth. I am responsible for the Master's programme in Criminology and am interested in pedagogical issues related to active learning, course design, formative feedback, supervision, pedagogical leadership, and the role of emotions in teaching and learning.

I have been one of the editors of an anthology on ALC teaching; Use the Room. Together with Christel Backman, I have been the educational coordinator at the Department of Sociology and Work Science for many years. We have developed a model for local pedagogical development work based on teachers' everyday pedagogical problems and have delved into how collegiality can be highlighted in pedagogical portfolios.


Ninni Carlsson

Appointed in 2023

I am a senior lecturer and excellent teacher at the Department of Social Work. I teach in the Social Work programme and have course responsibility for the Master's degree in Social Work, where I am also the coordinator. My research areas include gender-based violence, mainly sexual, and higher education pedagogy, and I coordinate a research group investigating different aspects of power, gender and violence. I have developed several courses that are now offered at advanced level in the field of men's violence against women and domestic violence.

As of 2024, I am working on four higher education pedagogical development projects. Together with the doctoral students at my department, I am developing a mentor group for collaborative work with competence development in teaching and learning. In a development project in the Pedagogical Academy, I am designing a course in programme and course development for university teachers and education managers in eight professional programmes at the University of Gothenburg that are now covered by degree objectives on men's violence against women and violence in close relationships. I also write course literature for Liber and Studentlitteratur; a book on sexual abuse of children and an anthology on men's violence against women, where I am the editor of a collaboration within my research group.

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